Sensory Scavenger Hunts

EXPLORATION

PRIMARY ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE
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Sensory Scavenger Hunt

Students will use senses to classify common materials according to the physical attributes.

Time

45 Minutes

Setting

Inside

Collection Group

Sense of a Place

 

Standards

  • SKP1b. Students will use senses to classify common materials according to the physical attributes.

Materials

Procedures

  1. Read aloud the 5 Senses in the Garden poem with the class, pointing out the body parts (nouns) and associated actions (verbs) for each sense.
    My eye can see the big bright sun.
    My tongue can taste what we grew. Yum!
    My ears can hear the birds sing.
    My nose can smell flowers in the spring.
    My hands can feel the sand and clay.
    I use my senses everyday!
  2. Divide the class into five small groups to rotate between five scavenger hunts for each of the senses. Scavenger hunt sheets can be laminated and used as a guide for group discussions or be written on with dry erase markers and erased each time the group switches.

See below for specific notes on modeling each:

Senses
I see…
Scavenger Hunt Descriptions – Students look for things of different specific colors through the garden.

I hear…
Scavenger Hunt Descriptions – Students listen for sounds that are soft and loud (volume) and high and low (pitch). 

I smell…
Scavenger Hunt Descriptions – Students explore an herb garden to draw pictures of plants that they smell and to write words to describe the smell. See Growing an Herb Garden for more information. 

I feel…
Scavenger Hunt Descriptions – Students search for things of different textures throughout the garden.

I taste…
Scavenger Hunt Descriptions – With the teacher, students participate in a taste test and then choose adjectives to describe what they tasted. See Harvesting and Raw Taste Tests in the Garden for more information.

 

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